Thunder Snow upsets West Coast to win Dubai World Cup

Jockey Christophe Soumillon rides Thunder Snow across the finish line to win the Dubai World Cup. (AFP)
Updated 31 March 2018

Thunder Snow upsets West Coast to win Dubai World Cup

DUBAI: Thunder Snow stormed to a shock victory in Saturday’s Dubai World Cup to give Godolphin its seventh win in the race, after holding off favorite West Coast.
Under Belgian jockey Christophe Soumillon, four-year-old Thunder Snow led from the front ahead of West Coast and cruised to victory by five lengths to win at odds of 8-1.
It was a third near-miss in big races for the Bob Baffert-trained West Coast, after finishing second in the Pegasus World Cup and third in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.
But Thunder Snow earned redemption after refusing to run at last year’s Kentucky Derby by winning the $10 million race.
Mubtaahij completed the places in third, behind stablemate West Coast.


Waqar urges Afridi and Gambhir to end social media war

Updated 01 June 2020

Waqar urges Afridi and Gambhir to end social media war

  • Both involved in heated social media exchanges over the troubled Kashmir region
  • Gambhir is now a lawmaker in the Indian parliament, while Afridi has his own foundation and is a vocal activist

New Delhi: Former Pakistan star Waqar Younis has called on Shahid Afridi and Gautam Gambhir to end their social media war, and for India and Pakistan to resume playing cricket.
After being fierce on-field rivals, Pakistan’s Afridi and former Indian opener Gambhir have become involved in heated social media exchanges over the troubled Kashmir region, which is claimed by both countries.
Gambhir is now a lawmaker in the Indian parliament, while Afridi has his own foundation and is a vocal activist.
Waqar advised the pair to “calm down” in an online chat show.
“The banter between Gautam Gambhir and Shahid Afridi has been going on for a while now. I think they both got to be smart, sensible, and calm down,” said Waqar.
“It has been going on for way too long. My advice to them is to maybe catch up somewhere around the world and talk it out if you cannot really calm it down.”
India and Pakistan have not played a series since 2012-2013 and have hit a new peak in tensions over Kashmir, which they have fought over since their independence in 1947.
India frequently accuses Pakistan of organizing militant attacks in the sector of the Himalayan region that it administers.
Waqar, 48, said a cricket series would boost relations between the arch-rival neighbors.
“I think that it would be the biggest hit of the world,” said Waqar.
“I think Pakistan (and) India should play, and should play on a regular basis to avoid depriving cricket lovers.”